Vietnam is not only a famous tourist attraction but also a great place for expats to live with a potential market of well-paid jobs for foreigners, especially in big city such as Ho Chi Minh city.

If you want to experience the real Vietnam, earn enough money to live and travelling around the whole nation, this article will provide you some necessary information about jobs for expats in Vietnam.

Here is the list of top 5 jobs with well-paid salary that expats usually apply for

1. English teacher

In Vietnam, education is highly appreciated when the country is developing day by day and the most favorable job for expats is an English instructor since more and more ESL teacher are needed to supply the need of Vietnamese people. From parent’s thought, education is the key to success and English is the incapable part of this process because of the integration with global economy to promote the country’s development.

In recent years, there is an increase in the number of foreign language centers such as ILA, VUS, ACET. Take a walk down the street, you can easily meet an English center whether you are at any district. Besides that, English teachers also open classes at their house. The better the teacher and their reputation, the crowder the class is.

Some center you can visit to apply for an English teacher:

·         ILA Vietnam 51 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

·         VUS 189 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

·         ACET187 Vo Thi Sau, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City


Or if you have a business background, you can apply as a lecture in international colleges in Ho Chi Minh city such as IU, HSU, RMIT. However, you must pass several of interview and prove to have enough skills and knowledge for teaching to be accepted. Here is their address if you are interested:

·         International University – Block 6, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District

·         Hoa Sen University – Quang Trung Software Park, District 12

·         RMIT – 702 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7

The salary for English teacher is not too high in comparison with Western countries, but compared with the low living cost in Vietnam, expats can get a comfortable live.

Chinese, Japanese, French, German teachers are also a good career for expats since most school have at least one of these classes.

2. Food & Beverage providers

In Vietnam, it is very simple to open a restaurant, bakery or coffee shop and foreigners are accepted to set up and operate these businesses. You don’t have to be famous or having a well-known brand to attract customers to your diner.

A foreign restaurant not only attract expats because of their homesick but also locals to experience foreign food and culture. An extraordinary design restaurant will attract customers due to its uniqueness and an excellent taste restaurant will get a high reputation.

If you are planning to open a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city, I suggest you should figure out your strength that could attract customers first before taking the next steps.

3. Tour guide

Every year, Vietnam welcome millions of tourists all over the world. The need of a good tour guide is very high in order to satisfy even the hardest guest.

A foreign tour guide is a great job for expats since you not only earn high salary but also have the chance to explore Vietnam without any cost. It is simply because many tourists want to experience Vietnam the same way as a long time living in Vietnam did.

If you have a thirst for adventure, why not register for a tour guide right away.

4. Content writer

Nowadays, whether a company want to surpass its competitors, a unique content that attract viewers is one of the greatest tools for the job. With the rise of Internet, the needs for digital marketing and content writer are growing.

In Vietnam, these occupations are very new and mostly apply in big company or start-up company. Hence, many expats choose this job as a full-time writers or content makers, launching their own blogs or websites to cooperate with local companies for online marketing campaign.

5. IT

This era is leading by technology, so IT is one of the hottest jobs in the world for general and in Vietnam in particular. And with the development of the Internet, mobile and online games, the web developers, programmers as well as the software developers will have lots of opportunities. Having a strong technical background and knowledge about programming languages such as C, C++, SQL, … is the key for getting a well-paid job.

Vietnam is still a developing country and its technology is still limited. Due to this issues, foreigner’s skills and knowledge are highly sought-after to bridge the gap between Vietnam and the world.

IT jobs is becoming more important in this information era, especially for developing countries like Vietnam with a quick grow and great potential of technology.

The average starting salary is about $500/ month. An experience IT can get up to more than $1000/ month like a piece of cake.

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